Catholic Civil Rights Group Urges Major League Baseball to ‘Stay Out of Politics’ After Dodgers’ Move to Honor Anti-Catholic ‘Nuns’ Backfires

The president of the Catholic League is contacting all 30 owners of Major League Baseball (MLB), urging them to “just play baseball” and “stay out of politics” following a huge protest and significant drop in attendance at the Los Angeles Dodgers’ “pride night” event Friday during which the club honored a group of “queer and trans nuns” who promote anti-Catholic bigotry.

Bill Donohue wrote Monday to the club owners and to MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, urging them not to repeat the Dodgers’ “stunt.”

The Catholic leader observed in his letter how the Dodgers’ decision to reinvite and honor the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of radical activists who fundraise for LGBTQ causes by putting on exhibitions that ridicule the Catholic faith and religious women, and desecrate Jesus Christ with sexual imagery, backfired on the club:

Dear MLB owner:

The decision by the Los Angeles Dodgers to invite, disinvite, and reinvite a vile anti-Catholic group resulted in horrendous PR for the team, a large protest before the game, a no-show at the award ceremony, and a decline in attendance (there were three-and-a-half thousand less at this “Pride Night” game as compared to last year’s one).

The Catholic League launched a radio campaign that urged listeners in the Los Angeles area not to attend the Dodgers’ “pride night” game on June 16.

Human Events Senior Editor Jack Posobiec, a Catholic, delivered a speech to the crowds protesting outside Dodger Stadium, during which he referred to the blasphemous “sisters” group as the “sisters of demonic possession” and called for an “exorcism.”

“I am happy to say that our effort paid off,” Donohue wrote. “There was almost no one in the stands when the ‘Sisters’ received their award. And the few who were there booed. This is a sweet victory.”

Donohue provided the statistics:

In terms of attendance at the game, we won on that score as well. There have been four Friday night home games since mid-April, and the average attendance was 50,592. At last year’s “Pride Night” game at Dodger Stadium, 52,505 fans showed up.  But at last night’s “Pride Night” game, the attendance was 49,074.

“The central takeaway could not be more clear: just play baseball, stay out of politics, and never again honor an anti-Catholic group (or any bigoted entity),” the Catholic leader asserted in his letter to the MLB owners and Manfred. “As we have seen with the blowback against Bud Light, Target, and now the Dodgers, Americans are fed up with being insulted and manipulated by elites. Getting back to basics is not only easy, it is non-controversial. This is a no-brainer. Please do so.”

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Susan Berry, PhD is national education editor at The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected].
Photo “Dodger Stadium” by Martin Péchy.


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